Cardiff City are not fancied by many to avoid relegation and further additions are needed on deadline day to achieve that. Their business so far has been centred on talented Championship players such as Bobby Reid and Josh Murphy.
Neil Warnock must now focus on bringing in proven Premier League experience to supplement his hard-working squad. There must be a focus on attacking reinforcements. Last season, their top scorer was Junior Hoilett with 11. A reliable goal-scorer should be sought on deadline day.
Meanwhile, there are some in the current squad that aren’t good enough for the Premier League. One or two departures may be required to provide balance.
Below we discuss one player that Cardiff should sign and one that they should sell.
Sign Danny Ings
It has been clear all summer that Danny Ings doesn’t have a future at Liverpool. The Reds are developing into title contenders and the English striker doesn’t have the talent to break into their first team.
After the injury problems he has had, he needs to be playing regular first-team football to prove his fitness and ability. He has scored only one Premier League goal in the last two seasons, but he hasn’t been helped by only 265 minutes on the field.
Cardiff would be taking a risk on the striker, but he showed before with Burnley that he can do well at this level. He scored 11 times during the 2014/15 season in an unfancied team.
A move to Wales would provide a similar challenge and he may thrive as a result. It would be unwise to spend big money, but a loan move could suit all parties.
Sell Lee Tomlin
The 29-year-old has dazzled in the Championship throughout his career, but he isn’t good enough to contribute in the Premier League. The doubts over his consistency, work rate and fitness mean that he would be a hindrance to Cardiff this season.
However, in the Championship, he has the ability to be a match-winner and there will be teams interested in taking him either permanently or on loan.
This would be in the best interests of the club as it would prevent the possibility of Tomlin having a negative impact on the training ground.